Monday, March 6, 2017

Term 1 Take-Off!

Happy New Year!

We're already at Week Six and the library has been operating since Week Two with a full timetable.

Our ZAP holiday reading opportunity on Wednesday afternoons through January was well supported by six families.

We have 4,652 books in our library, not including magazines, with more being added regularly. The beginning of this year saw well over a hundred added due to the collection increasing last year, with no way of completing their processing until the beginning of this year.

Lillie Butler is our Head Librarian with Oli, Giselle, Lucas, Bianca, Mackenna, Caitlyn, Kyra, Izabella, Elodie, Iona and Estelle helping her.
All the librarians are working on various levels of their Library Alive certificates. Lillie is doing Honours.

Eleven classes visit once a week with Te Hokioi coming twice.
Te Hokioi spent a quiet hour in the library after two active days.
Lennie found a quiet spot with a good book.

There are a number of criteria we use for our library.
Borrowing limits are by year group. 
Year 0: 1 book for 2 weeks
Year 1: 2 books for 2 weeks
Years 2, 3, and 4: 3 books for two weeks
Years 5 & 6: 4 books for 2 weeks
Years 7 & 8: 5 books for 3 weeks
Librarians: 7 books for 3 weeks.

Class Visits
Te Ohanga: Monday morning
Teo and Punua Piwakawaka: Thursday morning
Tui: Tuesday morning
Korimako: Wednesday and Friday morning.
Kea: Tuesday afternoon
Ruru: Monday morning
Teo Pukeko: Wednesday morning
Punua Pukeko: Wednesday afternoon
Te Hokioi: Tuesday and Friday mornings

I encourage the children to return their books promptly and to keep them in their book bags so they are not lost or damaged. The junior children have to have their book bag if they want to borrow books.

We also invite parents to borrow from our library: 5 books for 3 weeks. Just call any Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday to register.


Your Friendly School Librarian

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

First Class Visit on the First Library Day.

Mrs Pendergrast brought the excited Kiwi Room children from her reading groups to the library first thing on Monday morning. The children enjoyed exploring our new library, discovering where all the books are at present.
Some tweaking will happen over the next few weeks when our extra shelves arrive.

Happy Reading

Your Friendly Librarian


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Shelves are Full

Our shelves are full, with a few books left to shelve when our trolley shelves arrive.

Thank you to Betty, Ella, Breahn, Tyler, Stefan and Johnny for their mammoth efforts on Wednesday; collecting classroom sets, stocktaking and shelving books. Huge progress made.


Your Friendly School Librarian

Tuesday, September 6, 2016


Progress is happening! We have more books on shelves than on the floor!

All fiction books but 'w' are shelved, as are the Senior Reads and separated-out New Zealand fiction authors.

The picture books are looking great in their new home under the library windows, with fresh new and colourful lettering.

Ella is currently shelving the 500s following Betty's help earlier today with the 300s and 400s.

The extra shelving required will be installed in the first week of October.

Best you pop in to see for yourself, if possible as it is looking great -warm, bright and colourful.


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

In Our New Home

Exciting Times!

With Caretaker Daniel's help and the use of his van we moved all the boxed book from the bus shed into their new home - on the new library floor.

Now it's time to sort and stock-take. I have completed the Picture Books, Non-Fiction and Graphic Novels, with welcome help from Carrie-Anne for some of the time. My, much is done with two working at it.

The next task of stock-taking the Chapter Books, Classics, Easy Reads, Senior Reads and magazines is rather daunting. I hope to have it done before the Hydestor shelving installer (who is coming on the 5th and 6th of September) has finished the main library shelves, so I can move these books from the resource area out to their shelves. He can then assemble the resource area shelving.

My plan is to have an operating library by September 12th. Here's hoping.


Your Friendly School Librarian

Monday, May 23, 2016

Boxing On

Our boxed library is running relatively smoothly.

With most books still in more-or-less alphabetical order in their boxes, and some prolific authors, the Easy Reads and Year 7/8 novels perched on noggings in my temporary room, I am able to keep some semblance of order.

I have been slowly switching books off the trolley and replacing them progressively through the alphabet. Both picture books and chapter books are now P through to S, with some series like The Magic School Bus, The Magic Tree House, Geronimo Stilton and the Rainbow Fairy never leaving the trolley!

The non-fiction is replaced rather randomly, but the Horrible Science, Horrible Geography and dinosaur sections never change and are always in demand. Some children must have read every dinosaur book by now!

To date the weather has been obliging. Last Wednesday was my first real challenge with rain, enough to leave puddles on my cover. Although my helpers and I were drenched, the books stayed dry. 'The books must get through'.

I am watching our new library take shape, now with roof and walls, and am looking forward to moving in and enjoying a permanent space. I am even looking forward to mending, covering and   cataloguing a full box each of used and new books, which can't be done at present as my covering/mending materials are somewhere in the container.

We box on.


Your Friendly School Librarian

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Wheelbarrow Move.

With the help of some friends and my sturdy wheelbarrow, we shifted the library books from Room 2 (down a ramp, up a ramp, down a ramp and up another) to the small room to the right of the foyer, which I am sharing with Mary.

I have overflowed into the little kitchen.

The other bonus is shelves of sorts where I can store sets of books.

Because I am trying to be systematic, I have all the boxes, which have the fiction and picture book early alphabet numbers, under all those which haven't been in circulation yet.

This move also means I don't have to negotiate a narrow door and steep ramp, or traverse the soft court and its final bump with my 'pop-up-library' (as Mr Lewis calls it). It will also mean less time in the rain!

So, you will gather I am quite comfortable in the meantime.

From your friendly librarian,
Mrs P.